*** "THE DEFAMATION of Islam, and discrimination
against Muslims, represents the most notable demonstration of
contemporary racism and intolerance."
(Pakistani Ambassador at the UN, Munir Akram,
addressing the General Assembly urging the UN to take action to stop
*** "IF THAT was the case, why not talk about
Israel's weapons and its non-compliance with UN resolutions?"
(A Saudi student criticizing the US policy to wage
war against Iraq for alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction
and non-compliance of UN resolutions)
*** "DOES HE REALLY hate the Army?"
(Unnamed US Army officer commenting on the growing
gulf between Defence Secretray Donald Rumsfeld and Pentagon)
*** "YOU HAVE TO BE BLIND to think that people
under oppression won't rebel. Suicide bombing is a new phenomenon. It
happened after 30 years. This just shows how bad the situation in the
territories has become."
(Israeli tank commander, Major Rami Kaplan,
refusing to serve in the held Palestinian territories. He is
imprisoned for laying down his gun saying that Israel's occupation of
Palestinian territories on the West Bank and Gaza is illegal and
soldiers have a duty not to take part in an illegal enterprise)
*** "WE MAKE no apology for supporting a legitimate
(Spokeswoman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair
dismissing reports that he pressed his Indian counterpart Atal Behari
Vajpayee during a personal meeting to buy Hawk jets at a time of
heightened tensions between India and Pakistan)
*** "WE STILL have two billion people who can't
regularly get medicines when they need them, at a quality they trust
and at a price they or their community can afford."
(Head of United Nations World Health Organisation,
Jonathan Quick, saying that one-third of the world's population has no
access to life-saving drugs)
*** "THESE RESULTS are concerning and we can only
conclude from this that Britain certainly is 'dumbing down.'"
(Editor of a survey conducted in Britain showing
that one in ten Britons cannot name a single foreign leader when 42
per cent cannot name a single member of the British government)
*** "A FEW PEOPLE in China have gotten rich beyond
imagination, and the government needs to show that it controls rich
(A finance expert at the Central University of
Finance and Economics in Beijing justifying Chinese government's clamp
down on showy nouveau riche)
*** "JUST OUTSIDE THE PRISON, I burst into tears...
I could not stand the situation when I realized how much Israel is
trying to insult our people, leaders and national figures."
(Wife of jailed Palestinian leader Marwan
Barghouti, Fadwa, saying she was unable to control her emotions right
after she resisted to hold back her tears to keep the morale of her
husband high during a visit to jail)
*** "WE'RE A VERY PRAGMATIC people. We're not tied
to any ideology. We think of ourselves as Muslim fundamentalists. And
that has given us strength."
(Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Muhammad
saying that he is a Muslim fundamentalist "because those who do not
understand the basics make all kind of interpretations about Islam")
*** "HOW MANY in your organization has been held
accountable for failures."
(US Senator Carl Levin blasting chief of country's
top intelligence agency CIA, George Tenet, for failure to security
*** "WE HAVE achieved our objectives of the
(Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes rebutting
critics accusing him of incurring a huge financial loss by deploying
troops on the Pakistani border. India has begun withdrawal of the
troops amassed on the border since mid-December last year)
*** "STOP BEGGING. Ever since 1957 the Arabs have
been negotiating for (the return of) 42 per cent of Palestine, while
the Africans have not let go of an inch of their territory."
(Libyan leader Moamer Qaddafi threatening to quit
22-member Arab League for being docile to stop Israeli aggression
against Palestinians and US threats against Iraq)